My Vietnamese lessons are progressing somewhat well, and learning certain vocabulary in the language can be pretty entertaining. Perhaps the most humorous words are those given to technology invented by the West and imported to Vietnam in the last few decades. Many machines have been given definitions that describe exactly what they do. Máy = machine
Some words also mean exactly the same thing in Vietnamese as they do in English.
Others are simply taken from English and Vietnamese-ized.
Expect similar posts in the future as I pick up more vocabulary.
máy chụp hình - picture taking machine (camera)
máy lạnh - cold machine (air conditioner)
máy bay - flying machine (airplane)
máy bay lên thẳng - upward flying machine (helicopter)
máy hút bụi - dust sucking machine (vacuum)
máy vi tính - calculation machine (computer)
máy giặt - washing machine
máy ra-đi-ô - radio
cà-rốt - carrot
vốt-ca - vodka